Sunday, 1 April 2012

What do you get if you mix Polyfilla.....

With PVA glue? Well amazing dimensional textural paste of course. I love to experiment and explore what you can create for crafting with any item I can lay my hands on!! So a box of polyfilla was not going to be safe was it? But I was concerned that mixing it normally would make it brittle and liable to crack (save that effect for another day!) so I decided to mix it with PVA glue instead, hoping that the flexiblity of the glue would work with the filler as well. I mixed it up and found that it appeared too dry at first but that it was just that the filler powder was clinging to the blob of glue, so just work it more and it will come together as s lovely paste. I worked with it plain but you can add colour at this stage if you wish. Now for the DIY stage, I simply laid a mask down on some lovely Graphic 45 paper and the only way to explain it is to say I grouted over the mask, then removed the mask and left it aside to dry. This only took an hour, and then I inked over the dry surface with distress ink, and brushed over with Mica and low and behold a beautiful steam punk, textured back ground was created. I then used it as a background for one of the stunning Pilkington Transport stamps and there you have it, simple but fun!!
So we are just about back on track after a mega busy couple of weeks, but the plans for the next few weeks are amazing. We have new products, new DVD's to film and soo much more, there really is no rest for the wicked (and I must have been soo naughty!!) Plus I have started to explore mixed media and have some amazing new things to try and can't wait, I just need to find some time, this sleep stuff is over rated isn't it?

Keep crafting

Ali xxx

12 comments:

  1. Great work Ali , must try this, what a lovely card I love it , the colours are just fab.
    Hugs Elaine

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  2. Morning Ali, funnily enough I found some polifiller yesterday while cleaning out a cupboard and thought "what did Ali do with this again" brilliant I'm going to have a go as I have a male leaving card to do. Love Judy x

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  3. You are so inventive! This looks a lot of fun and beautiful results :)

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  4. Ooh thanks Ali, a few months ago I tried polyfilla with a stencil and I couldn't get it right then as you say it was brittle when it dried and all cracked off the card, pva would deffo be the way to go :) Jenny xx

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  5. Hi Ali,

    I love your techniques. Everytime you are on TV I learn more things to try. Thanks so much for your generosity of spirit and your enquiring mind as it helps all us crafters to also think ...what if I tried this.
    All the best and keep sharing the ideas.
    Carol

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  6. Thanks for the 'how to' on this technique Ali. Can't wait to have a go at it. This is the mask I bought at the NEC recently so it will be perfect for this. x

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  7. GENIUS idea Ali... thanks for sharing that!! see you at the weekend x

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  8. I just gotta tell ya... the word verification was.... artally cool huh!!!

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  9. As i'm in rebuild stage in my house - there are lots of interesting bits and pieces left around, so now they will be heading to the craft room,

    Thanks

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  10. Hi Ali, Hopefully you could see this blog now, if you can this card is lovely. I love the way use use bits and bobs and come out with masterpieces. Thanks for all your ideas hugs Joan xx

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  11. What proportion of polyfilla to pva did you use?
    Kookaburracards@yahoo.co.uk
    Kathleen Mc xx

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